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Clean Air Zone plans will place extra costs on van operators

As plans to introduce Clean Air Zones in cities across the UK continue apace, Logistics UK warns operators of van fleets that delivering into some city centres is likely to incur considerable extra costs in the near future.

Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet has formally approved Oxford’s proposed Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) pilot for launch in August. The ZEZ pilot will restrict all non-zero emission vehicles from key city-centre streets during the day. Ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs – emitting less than 75g/km CO2) driven into the zone will be charged £2, Euro 6 diesel/Euro 4 petrol will be charged £4 and all other vehicles will be charged £10 daily. The pilot is the first phase of the ZEZ, with a larger zone, covering most of Oxford city centre, planned to be put in place in 2022 (subject to further public consultation). It is intended that the restrictions and exemptions applied within the pilot will be the same in the expanded ZEZ.

Bradford Council Executive has also approved a Class C Clean Air Zone (affecting buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, HGVs and vans) to start in January 2022, which covers Bradford city centre. The plans include a daily charge of £50 for non-Euro VI HGV, buses and coaches and £9 for non-Euro 6 diesel vans. Up to £31 million of government funding will be available to support businesses.

Denise Beedell, Policy Manager for Vans and Urban, Logistics UK, said: “While we support the efforts of local authorities to improve the quality of the air in their cities, Logistics UK members that operate van fleets should be aware of the potential increased costs of delivering into the new zones. We will continue to issue the latest guidance to members through our freight councils, the van policy working group and briefing notes.”


Published On: 06/05/2021 17:00:08


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